Romney Calls on Akin to Drop Senate Bid, Akin Tells Romney to Mind His Own Damn Business

Categories: Election 2012

The Washington Post reports that Mitt Romney has joined the overwhelming chorus of Republicans calling on Todd Akin to drop out of the Senate race today.

The Romney campaign reportedly released a statement from the presidential candidate:

As I said yesterday, Todd Akin's comments were offensive and wrong and he should very seriously consider what course would be in the best interest of our country. Today, his fellow Missourians urged him to step aside, and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race.

UPDATE: Akin just dismissed Romney on Sean Hannity's radio show:

Don't you think Romney made a bigger deal of this than he needed to? Why couldn't he run his race, and I'll run mine?

In case you were keeping count, here's a list of the high profile Republicans who have called on Akin to drop out [Updated: 8/22/12]:

Mitt Romney
Rep. Paul Ryan (who gave Akin a personal phone call to ask him to drop)
The National Republican Senatorial Committee
American Crossroads (the PAC that had been funding Akin)
Sen. Roy Blunt
Former Sen. Jack Danforth
Former Sen. Jim Talent
Sen. Scott Brown
Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Sen. Ron Johnson
John Ashcroft
National Review Online
Wall Street Journal
Karl Rove
Rush Limbaugh
Sarah Palin
Tea Party Express
Ann Coulter
Joe Scarborough
Gov Scott Walker
Gov. Chris Christie
Gov. Bob McDonnell
Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Sen. John McCain
Sen. Olympia Snow
Sen. Orrin Hatch
Rick Moran
Erick Erickson
RNC chairman Reince Priebus

People who think he should stay in the race:

His friend Mike Huckabee
Kirk Cameron (damn, now those are some growing pains)
Rep. Steve King (who makes Iowa look like the hoosier state)
Claire McCaskill and most Democrats everywhere

Jeffrey Smith, a former Democratic member of the Missouri Senate, writes in Salon that there are 11 reasons why Akin won't drop. But one senior GOP sources puts it a little more succinctly: "It's hard to reason with an idiot."

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